Understand the state budget mess in 3 minutes

Posted at 12:57 PM on July 11, 2011 by Paul Tosto (0 Comments)

In the week before the shutdown, my MPR colleagues Curtis Gilbert and Molly Bloom produced a great, short video on the origins of the state budget mess. I can't say enough good things about it.

As we enter week two of the budget impasse, it's worth a second look.

It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of shutdown news that we (OK, me) forget the basic numbers of how we got here. Republicans and Gov. Mark Dayton were about $1.8 billion apart when Molly and Gilbert made the video. Now, they're about $1.4 billion apart but the basic issues remain the same.

In two minutes, 53 seconds you'll be smarter about the budget and the challenges we all face.

Mouse over the box below, click the play button and check it out.



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